Monday, September 18, 2017

Picture Perfect

Ever have a problem hanging pictures or arranging them on your walls? There’s no shame in needing some help - we aren’t all Joanna Gaines here. So here are some tips on arranging your artwork that will impress even the best in the business.

1. Hang picture at eye level. 
In a living room pictures should be hung so that people sitting in the room may view them while seated. A large picture behind the sofa may end up being as little as four inches from the top of the sofa and it often looks best when displayed alone because it serves as the room’s focal point.

2. Effective picture groupings.
Smaller pictures become more effective when grouped together as opposed to being scattered all over the wall. Balance and spacing are important when arranging artwork.  Pieces should be of similar visual weight as nearby furniture. A rule of thumb is that the space between two pictures should be less than the width of a single picture.

Fun Tip – Framing and hanging your child’s art is a great way to display it with sophistication while making your child feel proud of their work.

3. Hang artwork right – the first time!
If you’re apprehensive about hammering nails into your walls, cut pieces of paper into the size of your pictures. You can even mark the placement of the hooks using this technique.  Then arrange them by taping them on the wall until you are happy with the results. Once you are satisfied, mark where the hooks will go with a pencil, going right through the paper, and proceed to hang your artwork.

4. Display what you love.
The type of artwork you use will depend on your personal preferences and budget. It can be simple prints, needlework, limited edition prints or original art. Of course, the more valuable the piece, the more important its place should be.

Love,The Lakehouse Crew

Friday, September 16, 2016

 Dylan turns 21 at The Lake!

 Nothing says 21st birthday more than painting mini garden gnomesUnless it's a weekend at the lake with friends and family, enjoying Indian Summer weather, boat rides watching the beautiful sunsets and eating all your favorite foods.  

Which is exactly how we celebrated Dylan's 21st Birthday this past weekend. 

As if turning 21 isn't reason enough to visit the lake and cherish our time together, this past weekend was even more bitter sweet as Dylan is leaving the US on October 3rd for a 9-Month, 3-Country Mission Trip.  Please pray for her as she embarks on this adventure.  And if you'd like to keep up with her travels go to HER BLOG

We love this girl to the moon and back and ask for you include Dylan in your prayers.  We pray for safe travel and that she has her "listening ears" wide open as God speaks to her and guides her team as they travel into the unknown.  


And Yes, here's the recipe to one of Dylan's favorite desserts!
 No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup +/- pumpkin puree (not filling, this is the raw pumpkin in cans most often used to bake pies)
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Pinch of cloves
Optional Caramel Syrup (such as you would pour over ice cream)

In a mixing bowl whisk the whipped cream on high until froth, a couple of minutes
Add powder sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until stiff peaks form (this is when the whip cream holds it shape when you stop beating it)
Transfer whipped cream to a separate bowl.  
USING THE SAME BOWL as you whipped the cream in add:
Cream cheese and caramel (if you're using it - about 3 TBSP) mix together until smooth
Add pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves and mix with the cream cheese mixture until well combined.  
Fold in one cup of the prepared whipping cream.
Mix together until smooth.

Using a piping bag or a zip lock with the corner cut, pipe pumpkin mixture into ramekins or simply baked cups for easy clean up.  Pipe a dollop of reserved whipped cream on top of each and sprinkle with cinnamon.  
Chill for at least an hour - these also hold very well for a couple/three days in the fridge.


We Love you Dylan! 

Auntie Cindy and Uncle Ray

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Janeen on our hearts and in our prayers. . .

Although we've never met face to face I consider Janeen my friend.  And today, when I came across this photo I felt the desire to stop what I was doing and write a short blog post.  I want to ask you to take a moment today and say a prayer for this beautiful woman who is mourning the loss of her son.

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God which transcends all understanding WILL guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus

This verse was texted to me earlier today by one of my best friends of 38 years.
God Is Good.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Meet Mendy

Yes, it's Mendy.  Not Mindy.

Continuing with our blog series of introducing you to our Crew it's time you meet Mendy.
We first met Mendy in September of 2010.

We had a death in the family and all of our regular crew members had previous commitments and/or were out of town.  We had no one to work the store ( LHO Design and Consign which was located on Irving Blvd in Dallas).   I reached out to my "go to girls" asking if they could think of anyone who might be willing to "babysit" the store for a few days while we traveled to the Spokane, Washington.  I knew at the time this was a long shot request.

Well, as luck would have it it turned out to be less of a long shot than I had expected.  Kate's friend Mendy agreed and thought it might be fun. (?)  If I'm remembering this correctly, here's how it went down.  Due to time allotment and everyone's schedules Mendy and I met for about 5 minutes to pass along a key and show her around.  That was the extent of her introduction and "training"...

And as it turns out, that was more than enough.  Mendy had a great weekend at the store, customers loved her and I continued to get compliments and comments about Mendy for months to come.  As you can imagine, I was not about to let this connection go by the wayside, we had to find a way for Mendy to join our little family.  Now, over five years later she's still willing to help out when duty calls.  Due to her "real job" she has summers available which comes in handy when we need extra Crew in Canton during First Monday Trade Days.

When I asked for Mendy's Bio here's what she wrote:

I grew up among the pine trees of East Texas. After graduating from Stephen F. Austin with a degree in Education, I relocated to the metroplex to begin my teaching career. I briefly returned to SFA to pursue a graduate degree in Forestry. I have worked in the field of education—both formal and informal—for over twenty years.

Outside of work, I enjoy reading and being outdoors. I recently completed my fifth half marathon and have 3 more on my calendar over the next few months.

I enjoy coming out to Canton each month because of the people.  I enjoy connecting with the customers and getting a glimpse into their lives. Working Lakehouse Outfitters in Canton is completely different from what I do on a daily basis, so it provides me with a brief break from everyday life.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record (I feel as though I say this time and time again) this Crew and the odd hours and jobs simply wouldn't work with any other group of people.  Ray and I are so blessed to have connected with a special group of ladies who's lifestyle and personalities allow them to work (or not) and be okay.  If this were a love relationship we might say it's Unconditional Love.
If we ask you to work and you can, great.  If not, that's fine too. 

Life's to short to get our panties in a wad over such things. As this last photo demonstrates, we try not to take ourselves to seriously.

Kate and Mendy a few years ago at our 
Christmas PLAID Party

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Lake Life on Lake Fork
Lake Dog Edition
Hey Guys! I have been trying to get a tour of the neighborhood and pictures of the lake but with all this rain it is just yucky and honestly we stay inside and work puzzles by the fire! Which is just as nice. I'm not complaining! But since I don't take pictures of us lounging in PJ's all day I have no pictures but what I do have is...
Meet Molly

Molly is a Goldendoodle! Her mom is a English Golden Retriever and her dad is a Standard Poodle. She is named after a Shopkin.
Her full name is Molly Moccasin Boisclair.
We wanted a big dog that didn't shed and after lots of research we made the best decision as we haven't seen one dog hair come off this white fluffy doodle. And my goodness she is the sweetest pup EVER! but her puppy biting and chewing game is STRONG!
this was our first morning with Molly! It is exhausting traveling from the North Pole!
Santa sent the elf on the shelf to deliver her in a box with a big red bow!
(while we were trying to hide and keep Molly quiet that night. my son woke up vomiting at midnight. I can't make this up people)
 Oh the doodle cuteness

Molly's first trip to the Lake was a success!
She is the perfect lake dog.
Remember Big John from the last post! Well he does in fact have everything. He found this in his garage and gave it to Molly! Lake Neighbors are the BEST
I did find these pictures which proves we do stay in cozy pajamas at the lake and Molly's puppy game!
This girl is so in LOVE with her dog!
Next LLoLF will probably be in the new year!
Merry Christmas From Our Family to Yours at the Lake!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Introducing Dylan!

As we continue our blog series of introducing our team, it's time for you to meet Dylan.

Yes, Dylan our niece. 

Dylan works as our Social Media contractor and also helps out during Canton First Monday Trade Days when her breaks at Baylor allow.  If you happen to visit our Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest Boards it's quite likely you're seeing the result of Dylan's creativity and diligence to always present Lakehouse Outfitters in the best light possible.

I am proud of the work she does for Lakehouse Outfitters and even more proud of the person she's becoming. 



Hey y’all! My name is Dylan and I’m lucky enough to call Cindy my aunt. I guess you could say obsession with the lake is in my blood. I inherited this strong lake-loving gene from the lake queen herself.

I lived in California for most of my life, but that didn’t stop my aunt from flying me out to Texas every summer for a two to three week visit. I looked forward to this trip every year. Not only did I get to spend time with my amazing Aunty Cindy and Uncle Ray, but I got to experience lake life to its fullest. This meant days of sleeping in, drinking coffee on the front porch looking out over the lake, delicious homemade food, making bonfires and cooking s’mores, fishing, tubing, boating and so much more.

It was an absolute paradise.

Our favorite spot:  the screened in porch

Decked out for the July 4th Parade around Lake Brenda with Auntie Cindy and my cousin Jodi

Studying lake side isn't so bad

A girl and her dog and a trolling motor = perfection!

First Fish!

After ten years of spending almost half my summer in Texas, I decided I wanted to move there permanently. I am now a sophomore at Baylor University majoring in Psychology. One of my favorite things about attending Baylor is that it’s only a short 90-minute drive to my aunt and uncle’s house on Cedar Creek Lake. You could say that this makes a pretty nice weekend getaway. In fact, my three roommates and I spent a weekend at the lake as our last hooray before summer ended.

 One thing I love about the lake is that it brings people of all ages together. I mean does it get any better than your uncle throwing you and your roommates around on the water in a plastic tube? I don’t think so. All I know is that I love the lake just as much as I did when I was eight years old, and I’m sure I’ll love it even more when I’m eighty; and I’m proud to work for a company that feels the same way.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

LLoLF - Lake Life on Lake Fork

Welcome to Lake Life on Lake Fork!
Now that I have been introduced on the blog I will start sharing
our lake life with you!

 For the past several months we have been heading down to Big John's Boat Dock! It started out just watching feeding time!

Upon Big Johns persistence we started fishing. Us city folks enjoyed catch and release and the fish we ate we caught at a local restaurant until...


Turned into THIS

Yes he caught that BIGGIN all by himself if his facial expression doesn't say it all he did
"I'm so proud of myself" - BP (runs down dock giving high fives)

That night we had some friends coming out and after a quick text of 
"Hey you ever cleaned fish before?" and a quick response
"uh yeah when i was kid. we could youtube it"
We felt it was time us weekenders had our first fish fry!

Little Sister made sure she kept the fish fed while in the bucket 
in between her "checking my bait"

 We have it made at Big John's Boat Dock! Look up the nicest person in the world and you will find a picture of Big John (Also look up the man who has two of everything) He SPOILS us! the boat house is well stocked with all your fishing needs. You break a line he will have it fixed by the next time your there. Honestly the experiences BP and sister have had this summer is PRICELESS!
Also did I mention the view...

So after a few more big catches we took our bucket of fish back to the cabin but not before stoping at Big John's garage for a few necessities fish skinners, oh and BP was worried about how you kill the fish ( i guess filet-ing alive wasn't the appropriate thing to do)

"Who has everything you need?" - Big John
screams with excitement "YOU DO!" - BP

hands over a small chubby bat just bop them on the head. Luckily the fish took care of either situation having to happen. Friends hadn't even made themselves at home before watching two different youtube videos and deciding which one seemed most doable we headed out into the dark with a folding table, flashlight, and filet knife...

 (no we are not amish hubs just hasn't seen a razor in oh...8 months)

J actually started us off and then went back for more! I'm tellin ya they were like ole pros!

So the next morning we headed back out to let the friends do some fishing. And of course
Ben's best bud H got his very first fish
We finished the Weekend with Catfish Nuggets!!!

Until Next Time on LLoLF...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Introducing Heather!

Heather has also worked for Lakehouse Outfitters since (almost) the beginning.  We met in a previous life when I was a sales manager for a radio station in Dallas, Texas and Heather was on the promotional team.  At that time, she was "just a kid" and now she's got two of her own. 

Heather, as with everyone on our team, rises to the occasion when duty calls.  She works the store, she works Canton, she works the wholesale markets and she's our newest contributor to our Blog.  But mostly she works for family vacations and more recently she's asked to work for a Christmas Puppy. 

When I poked and prodded to get her bio for the blog it took a little time, but as I hope you'll agree it was worth the wait.

Introducing Heather!

I have a good reason for not getting this bio written in a timely manner and it would be because of...these two!

During the time I was supposed to be writing a blog post:
  • I went in my daughters room to check on her and was hit with the most awful smell that should not come out of a pink princess room I soon realized it was the entire contents of my daughters stomach that she was sleeping soundly in...
  • Woke up one morning to what I thought was a transformer blowing as I lay in bed I thought oh no did I pay the electric bill (un fortunately it was not the transformer)
  • Trying to understand why in 1st grade you only get 1 extra point for bonus words such as: unique, movements, exhausted and practice. (If you have ever practiced for a spelling test you get the struggle. I feel like we deserve so much more than a smiley face)
  • My son told me he has been praying to God for another baby...

I could go on and on because the fact is these guys are my LIFE... it might be crazy and I haven't been on time to anything since they were born but I wouldn't change it for a second.

 I wouldn't have them without this guy:

We met in middle school. We started dating when I was 13 and he was 15. We met in Garland, TX where we both grew up. My freshman year of high school we moved to New Orleans. Could you imagine moving a teenage girl away from her boyfriend yes it was as dramatic as it sounds, (I wonder if my mom still has nightmares :) after doing long distance for 4 years and several secret trips I finally moved back to TX to finish college. Got engaged at SeaWorld in '03. Married in New Orleans at a Jazz Hall in June 2006. Next summer we will have been together for 20 years. Crazy to think that at the age of 13 I met the guy who I would do life with!

And recently have started doing LAKE LIFE!
My parents bought a lake house on Lake Fork (TEXAS) as a retirement home they still live in New Orleans and will hopefully be full timers within the next couple years

In the meantime we spend EVERY weekend there!
This is what our life revolves around any and every excuse to be at the Lake

I can now speak from experience that Memories are Made at The Lake!

Cindy's Note:  Watch for Heather's Blog Series Lake Life on Lake Fork coming soon